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Zacks Top 5 Value Stocks for a Bull Market

With all the leading indicators being in tune with a great economic maestro, this current bull market has just been chugging along like a well oiled machine for over eight years now. Interest rates are low, inflation is lower, unemployment is almost a non factor and housing is rebounding to keep fueling this rising market. With all these factors moving in the plus side, it becomes a little more difficult to find those undervalued stocks but here’s a few picks to get you started. 

We are 8.5 years into the current bull market, so every now and then, somebody raises a red flag, and for a few days we are treated to reports about the possibilities of the next recession that could usher in another bear market. But that just doesn’t seem to be happening.

For one thing, the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low. For another, personal income and personal disposable income are both on the rise according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Rising prices, especially for food and energy did however result in a 0.1% decline in real income in August.

The Michigan Consumer Confidence Index (MCCI) suffered a slight setback in September due to concerns about the economy in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, dropping from 97.6 in August to a still-high 95.3. “Renewed gains in incomes as well as rising home and equity values have acted to counterbalance the negative impacts from the hurricanes,” Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

The housing market is in a multi-year expansion, partly because of the growing population and partly because millennials are finally settling down. The production side hasn’t been able to keep up, resulting in tight inventory and high prices. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma just made matters worse, further pressuring labor and materials supply and making production that much more difficult. While these factors made for a significantly weaker September, PWC principal Scott Volling expects a flatter market here on out with a rebound in the spring 2018 selling season.

As far as industrial production indicators are concerned, the ISM report has PMI, new orders and production indexes at 60.8%, 64.6% and 62.2%, all of which expanded from August to September. A contraction is not normally indicated until the PMI falls under 50%.

Why Value Investing Makes Sense Now

Value investing presupposes that there are companies out there that are capable of better and also taking the necessary steps to get there. So the idea is to build position in these stocks before the rest of the market does, thereby gaining the most from any subsequent upside. Naturally, the strategy is not for the rookie, but folks who have done the necessary research to identify these companies. The higher profits and ability to absorb volatility are the rewards.

Finding these stocks in a bull market can be tricky since valuations are generally on the high side. That’s where the Zacks Style Score system comes in handy. Coupled with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (buy rated stocks), a value style score of A or B should be able to help you make more money while avoiding value traps (getting into stocks with low valuation but because of limited potential).

5 Value Stocks to Buy Today

Here are some stocks that are worth looking at because they have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Value Score A.

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP)

Alliance Resource is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major U.S. utilities and industrial users. It currently operates mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland. Some of its mining complexes are underground and one has both surface and underground mines. It produces a diverse range of steam coals with varying sulfur and heat content, which enables it to satisfy a broad range of specifications.

Bellway plc (BLWYY)

Bellway plc is engages in the building of residential houses and conducts associated trading activities. The company provides houses which includes detached, semi-detached, terraced properties, as well as town houses, apartments, bungalows and five-bedroom family homes. It operates primarily in England, Wales and Scotland. Bellway plc is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, the United Kingdom.

Beijing Enterprises Holdings Ltd. (BJINY)

Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited distributes and sells natural gas in the People’s Republic of China. Its city gas segment is a natural gas supplier and service provider. It also has other operations. Water and environment-related services include investments, design, construction and operational management as well as production of key equipment and facilities and related overall engineering works.

The toll road business is made up of three major highways, including the Beijing Capital International Airport Expressway, Airport North Freeway and Shenzhen Guanshun Road. The beer business is an important revenue center for Beijing Enterprises Holdings.

The technology business of Beijing Holdings is comprised of a combination of electronic payment and information technology, with a portfolio of investments in solid waste disposal, environment-related services and technology incubation. Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited is based in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)

Signet Jewelers Ltd. is engaged in retailing of jewelry, watches and associated services. The company operates primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands. Signet Jewelers Ltd., formerly known as Signet Group PLC, is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC)

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. is a technology-driven consumer finance company which focused on vehicle finance and unsecured consumer lending products. The company’s vehicle finance products and services include consumer vehicle loans, vehicle leases and automotive dealer floorplan loans. Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Zacks Value in a Bull Market

 

The constantly changing market always presents opportunities to make a profit. The key is to always be prepared for the coming changes and get in early.

The S&P 500 Index (NYSEARCA:SPY) – often used as a measure of the overall market – is trading at the highest multiples it has seen in over a decade. At roughly 17 times forward earnings, value investors are having a more difficult time than ever looking for names in which to invest. With that in mind, I have laid out what sectors are “must-avoids” as they are the most expensive as well as a few sectors that look like they could be the beneficiary of a value-oriented comeback in the market.

As I laid out in significantly more detail in one of my latest articles, Value Is About To Make A Comeback In A Big Way, I anticipate that value stocks are about to outperform growth stocks over the next five years for the following reasons:

  • Value has lagged growth since mid-2010, with the gap widening especially over the past year.

  • Value has been shown to outperform over longer periods of time.

  • Fearful investors will flee expensive growth stocks in anticipation of a market correction.

  • Most importantly of all, however, growth will significantly underperform value in a rising-rate environment.

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Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Atmel, Corp (Nasdaq: ATML), Copa Holdings, S. A. (NYSE: CPA), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) and Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA)

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Atmel, Corp (Nasdaq: ATML)
Atmel, Corp posted a record high revenue level last quarter and estimates are on the rise. With shares holding a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) the stock is poised for a great 2011.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – Copa Holdings, S. A. (NYSE: CPA)
They say the quickest way to become a millionaire is to start as a billionaire and buy an airline. That may be true in the saturated markets of the developed world, but because of a surging middle class, opportunities abound in the emerging markets.  Copa Holdings, S. A. is one airline that is benefiting from the growth in Latin America. The company is growing earnings as it is able to more than offset rising fuel costs with higher revenues.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL)

Foot Locker, Inc. is leaping higher like a pole vaulter donning Nike’s latest shoe, recently hitting a new multi-year high after reporting blowout Q1 results that came in well ahead of expectations. With estimates on the rise and strong industry rank, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a momentum baller.

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Value – Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA)

The specialty chemical companies have pricing power. Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. saw revenue surge 26% in the first quarter as both prices and volumes rose. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is cheap with a forward P/E of 9.

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Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

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Four Free Stock Picks to Buy Now

Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), CARBO Ceramics, Inc. (NYSE: CRR) and Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI)

Kadant Inc. continues its impressive streak of topping expectations. The company also guided higher resulting in dramatic upward estimate revisions from analysts.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU)

The harsh winter on the East Coast may have frustrated New Englanders, but shareholders of Northeast Utilities aren’t complaining. On May 5, NU reported better than expected first quarter results due in large part to much colder weather.

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Momentum – CARBO Ceramics, Inc. (NYSE: CRR)

CARBO Ceramics, Inc. recently surged higher into a new all-time high after reporting strong Q1 results that came in ahead of expectations. With an average earnings surprise of 21% over the last four quarters and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a top momentum player.

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Value – Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK)

Westlake Chemical analysts have been significantly raising estimates over the past 3 months. However, shares took a dive on the recent earnings surprise.

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Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

More Free Stock Picks

Each weekday, new Zacks #1 Rank or Zacks #2 Rank stock picks are released on the free email newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Investors are invited to register for their free subscription here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=91

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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Zacks Recent Buy Picks

Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Arrow Electronics Inc (NYSE: ARW), TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC), Manpower, Inc. (NYSE: MAN) and Parker Hannifin (NYSE: PH).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Arrow Electronics Inc (NYSE: ARW)

Arrow Electronics Inc  shot to all-time highs after a recent earnings surprise, yet shares are still a great value.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC)

TransAlta Corporation carried its momentum into the first quarter of 2011 and delivered a 16% positive earnings surprise. This marked the company’s second consecutive earnings beat.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – Manpower, Inc. (NYSE: MAN)

Manpower, Inc. just reported a great quarter that lifted shares to a new multi-year high. With an average earnings surprise of 39% over the last four quarter and bullish 35% growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a momentum keeper.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Parker Hannifin (NYSE: PH)

Parker Hannifin continues to operate on all cylinders. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) recently reported record quarterly sales, raised its dividend by 16% and kept its earnings surprise streak alive.

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How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free – http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

More Free Stock Picks

Each weekday, new Zacks #1 Rank or Zacks #2 Rank stock picks are released on the free email newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Investors are invited to register for their free subscription here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=91

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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Top Four Stocks to Buy from Zacks

Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Spreadtrum Communications (Nasdaq: SPDR), Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB), NetEase.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) and PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG)

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free.

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +26%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled -37.6% – but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Spreadtrum Communications (Nasdaq: SPDR)

Spreadtrum Communications  analysts are growing more and more bullish of SPRD, but the market has not pushed shares higher. At these valuations it is tough to ignore this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!)

Growth & Income – Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB)

Estimates have been rising for Enbridge Inc. after the company reached a 10-year agreement with shippers for its crude oil mainline system.


Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!)

Momentum – NetEase.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES)

NetEase.com, Inc. recently spiked to a new all-time high on the heels of a solid 19% Q4 earnings surprise. With a bullish 13% growth projection and compelling valuation, this Zacks #1 rank stock has gamed its way into momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value –  PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG)

Manufacturing is operating on all cylinders. PPG Industries, Inc. recently provided first quarter earnings guidance which was much more bullish than the Zacks Consensus Estimate as global industrial activity continued to recover. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) has a forward P/E of 14.5.


Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!)

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in aFinancial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here.

About Zacks


Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stockreports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms. It monitorsmore than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

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Four Top Stocks to Buy Now

Zacks Releases Four Powerful ”Buy” Stocks: Tech Data Corp, The TJX Companies, Clayton Williams Energy and Maidenform Brands

Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Tech Data Corp (Nasdaq: TECD), The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWEI) and Maidenform Brands, Inc. (NYSE: MFB).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free at http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +26%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled -37.6% – but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Tech Data Corp (Nasdaq: TECD)

Tech Data Corp has pleased investors with yet another earnings surprise since being featured as a Zacks Rank Buy in late 2010.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX)

As the economy continues to improve, there has been some concern that value-oriented retailers like The TJX Companies, Inc. will lose business as consumers “trade up” to their full priced competitors.

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Momentum – Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWEI)

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. continues to trade like a rock star, currently pressuring its multi-year high as crude and nat gas stay bullish. With estimates surging and a compelling valuation, this energy stock is a momentum powerhouse.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Maidenform Brands, Inc. (NYSE: MFB)

Consumers can’t get enough shapewear. Maidenform Brands, Inc. recently reported fourth quarter results and saw shapewear sales jump 22%. Even with shares at 5-year highs, MFB still has strong value credentials.

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How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register at http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

More Free Stock Picks

Each weekday, new Zacks #1 Rank or Zacks #2 Rank stock picks are released on the free email newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Investors are invited to register for their free subscription at http://at.zacks.com/?id=91

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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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